Need Ideas for Proper Exposing & Processing 40 Year Old Plus X

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by andre_noble|5, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. Hello, I bought a box of 1971 exp. Kodak Plus X recently in a camera store. It obviously had not been stored frozen. It's old stuff that has sat on a shelf somewhere.
    I am thinking of exposing it around ASA 32 (my normal for fresh Plus x is asa 64 ), and later developing it in HC 110 with an antifog.
    Concern: should I be worried about running film that is this old through my camera in terms of the cleanliness of the film itself wrt fungus or fungal spores that may have grown on the 40 year old film acetate over time?
    I want to minimize exposing my expensive zeiss biogon lens to fungal spores, or introduce them into the camera via this little "experiment".
    Thanks for any tidbits of knowledge.
  2. How about some 35 year old stuff. Shot at E.I.50 and 25 would have been better. This was in Diafine but the stuff in HC-110 looked about the same. Fog was low even in Diafine so don't believe all the old wives tales.
  3. So long as it's in the sealed Kodak packaging, there shouldn't be anything growing on it.
  4. Larry, that looks good. Thanks John for the input. I have not open the box yet. I will check.
  5. I had some 1980 Plus-X I recently shot and developed. ASA 32 is about right but I found that fog wasn't a problem at all but highlight density was. I ended up giving the final rolls about 50% more time in the developer.
  6. I have some Soviet film that expired in the 8os and no matter what I did it was more fog than exposure. I even tried HC-110 Dilution "A" I added Kbr and still it gave me fog. This was a GOST 64 film so ISO 80 I think.
  7. I picked up some 35mm TriX that expired in 1984. EI was 250. HC110 dilution H at 650F gave the least fog, half as much as it did at 680F. Development was increased 15% over published starting times.
  8. Tri X, HC110 dilution H at 650F, 16-18 minutes. 5/84 marked on the film loader. I do not know if is the expiration date or the date it was loaded into the bulk loader.
    Only levels adjusted in PS. All image information was in the central third of the levels range after Silverfast SE HDR scan.
  9. Larry and Charles, thanks for sharing your photos. It is inspiring.
  10. I would keep it as it is. The old cartridge is a much nicer object in itself than any negative with an uncertain outcome. Film is cheap and you won't have any benefit from the knowledge how such an old film is like. It would be different if the film was already exposed.
  11. You know, Stefan, I actually had that idea myself! I may go with it.

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